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My First Snorkel Trip

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As editor I reserve the right to ocassionally blog about related subjects. This is a scuba diving website about Roatan but I liked this couples account of snorkelling in Tenerife Canary Islands.
Image Credit pxl77

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Roatan Nightlife and Semana Santa

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Man I had a wicked night last night here in Roatan, and for that reason I didn't manage to make any diving in the morning. I did have a fantastic dive at butchers bank with tylls dive however. We saw no less than 4 pipe fish. Part of the seahorse family. I don't know how their divemaster (Rino) finds them but he does. Earlier I had missed the spectacular sight of 2 octopuses or is it octopi shagging ! Well also on the butchers bank dive we saw two conch snails like a father and son going across the bottom of the sea bed, they were hauling ass (for snails) I will be uploading the video and pictures when I get an internet connection allowing me to do this.

Roatan Humour

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A Funny Sign Spotted in Roatan

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Here is the original link  Original Source

Aparently a true story now..

Picture the scene I wish i had taken photos of the years of all the crazy stuff you see as people do not believe it at times. One more, as on a roll and I better get back to work.

In San Pedro Sula in November, an armed vehicle (one of the big ones) for the banks stopped at the traffic lights, hazard lights on, armed guards all out on each corner watching out for bandits. After about 10 minutes another van turns up guy gets out with a petrol can and puts fuel in it and off they go, ran out of fuel. I love it, I love Central America.

Diver and Silversides in Blue Channel

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First of all, I want to share that the Roatan Marine-park's photo contest calender is available. Have a look at their FB page and see some of the amazing photos that were submitted. I am proud to say I think I bought the first one as they had just gotten them in. A great birhtday present to one of our divers.

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Diving and Exploring Around the Island of Roatan

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Diving enthusiasts at all levels will find scuba diving at Roatan, Honduras a pleasurable and challenging experience. With clear, warm waters and beautiful underwater sights, it is no surprise that travellers chose to visit Roatan all year round for their ideal diving holiday.

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First Time Visiting Roatan

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Q from Teagan "This will be our first time visiting Roatan and I am interested in knowing if there are any thoughts on what to expect and how it compares with Caye Caulker in Belize. Thanks."

Answer : "Thanks for visiting the forum and asking a question. I am very happy to say you will have a great time in Roatan. You can expect good value for money but still be able to get quality accommodation (have you sorted that out yet ?) from top resorts to small cabanas and hotels. You can expect the best beaches and water anywhere in the Caribbean. Also fantastic food and good wine. Where are you locating yourself. The west end is more developed but resorts are springing up further away and the east end is developing. You will find the people very friendly.

Here are some useful links 

roatanet.com
marineparkroatan.com

Ask us if you would like recommendations on restaurants and places to stay.

If you are scubadiving then you will enjoy great visibility , variety of diving walls wrecks, coral finger formations, caves, channels drift diving and more. All with the added advantage of short boat rides. Its some of the cheapest diving in the world as well and you can negotiate a good price for bulk diving. As us if you have any specific requests.

It may be cheaper to buy some imported stuff before you arrive like OFF spray or jungle juice as its a bit more eco friendly. Can't think of anything else right now."

Mosquitos and Deet

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Editors note now we need to check out the issues relating to the ZIKA virus. This is for both men and women! A man can carry and infect a pregnant woman as an example un-thought through scenario.

Like in the Bruce Springsteen song The River "I got my girlfriend pregnant and that was all we wrote..." then we headed down to Roatan.


So she is asking what about mosquitos (pregnancy is a big deal). I have had Dengue fever myself and possible concurrent malaria so I was told in the Coxen Hole hospital who are used to seeing victims of it, especially when it has been wet. When it has been wet the water pools and allows conditions to be perfect for the little horrors.

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Declaring war on the Lion Fish

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It's war !

The Derby will now be held this weekend and next weekend. The cook-off and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday Feb 20th at 6:30 pm at Blue Marlin in West End. The starting point this weekend will be at Barefoot Cay at 8 am on both days. All competitors must return to Barefoot Cay by 5pm on the day of competition. The catch totals are still per day.


Lionfish


Sign up for Roatan’s first Lionfish Derby and help control the invasive species population. $25 per team of 2 to enter, $30 late registration. $40 per team to enter for any 2 days.

Cash prizes for most lionfish caught in a single day, biggest lionfish (longest) and smallest lionfish (weight). It is not necessary to hunt all days as the catch totals are per day.

Trip Report March (Tyll's and Blenny Cabins)

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I recently had a fantastic dive trip to Roatan and want to post a short report.

We stayed at Jenny Blenny's cabin in West End.
The place is waterfront with iron shore which kept the bugs to a minimum.
We were able to sit on the porch every night watching the sunset.
The cabins are rustic and fine for two guys on a dive trip.

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Woods Medical Centre Roatan

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Looking ever more impressive is the wood medical centre in Roatan. The big yellow building in the main street.

Mares Nemo Battery Change

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I got my mares nemo battery changed and pressure tested on site in the Mares shop in Roatan Westend for $40. It was done that afternoon. They have some great deals surprisingly great massive selection of equipment too. They are located opposite Roatan Rentals in the mini mall hard to miss them really, next to the blue channel restaurant.

What are the best restaurants in Roatan

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Calvin Crane Ok guys where is the best place to eat ? Bojangles aside as thats a given No1.

Shawnda Nadeau Gio's in French Harbour, The Chicken Rotisiere (Rotisserie Chicken) in West End, Shark Cave for pizza West End, and for mexican food in West End Cannibal Cafe.

Calvin Crane Know all those except Gios! shame to eat pizza in Honduras but mexican any day

Shawnda Nadeau I almost forgot one of the very best. Blue Bahia in Sandy Bay !

Mike Dewar Best pizza is at the Sandy Bay Brick Oven. West End Rotisiere Chicken is one of the best meals anywhere.

Calvin Crane The Blue Marlin in West End was good on our last trip. A Dutch owned managed and run establishment replaced the old purple turtle bar that was run by Eustice, sad to see the end of that personally.

The Blue Marlin has excellent vistas to the setting sun and is a great place to have a drink before getting some chow.

Dubies : "There is a new restaurant in the Coralstone building in Sandy Bay called Pisco, Peruvian cousine. Have heard really amazing things about the food. Also new is Port Side restaurant in Pensacola, Flowers Bay. Rotisserie Chicken in West End is still soo good and absolutely affordable. The Blue Marlin is still very good. Cook Osman knows how to your burger, steak or fish to perfection. The Sharkdive is closed. There are new owners who are currently remodeling the place and seen to have some great ideas for their menu. Do plan in Tacos al pastor. Edmundo sets up his tables and portable "kitchen" every day at 6 pm in front of Coniahs Mall in West End. 3 yummy tacos for lps 100/$5,-."

Dubies : "Eustice/Justus now cook his famous German breakfast at the Landing/Beachhouse every Sunday. He s homecooking service involves in Tuesday steak sandwiches with homemade bread. Thursday Greek Gyros in a homemade pita bread and Saturday his well known lasagna."

 

 

 

Say Hello Here : I'm Cruising to Roatan

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Diver : "Welcome to cruising to Roatan ! Start your thread something like 

...Hooray I'm cruising to Roatan ! I just have a couple of questions for this forum ..."

Dubies : "With upcoming cruiseship season there are so many tours and attractions to chose from.
Many are prearranged through the cruiseship.

But there are still quite a few free souls who contact local businesses to help set up a fun and memorable day.
Mostly divers who don't want to end up in a "cattleboat" but prefer a small personal setting.
The smaller diveshops work with drivers who they know and who offer a fair roundtrip fare.

There are independent tour guides who offer private islandtours.
One I recommend is Hanno Ebanks."

Posada Arco Iris

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Roatan Diving: "For a great value stay in Roatan and the west end area you would do well to consider the hotel behind the Argentine Grill owned by the same. Make sure you try them out for the best meat and wine on the island. Back to PAI ! It has been here a while now and is a little dated in places, but any mozzie screens broken they will fix small annoyances are forgotten as you are close to the action at sundowners and the beach. Free beach loungers beds and kayaks also make this a serious place hard to beat.

We do offer some scuba diving packages on this site that will give you even better value than Posada Arco Iris but if you have around 50 per night then give this place a try."

Dubies : "Posada Orquideas is the sister hotel and newer. Its 5 min. walk further down the road.
Both places offer a 10% discount if you stay 7 nights or more."

Roatan Diving: "Yes probably in nicer shape as in PAI it is getting a bit worn in places like some of the mozzie screens for example. But it is right close to the beach, one thing which is so annoying having stayed in Posada Arco Iris is the music the restaurant plays. Its old (cheesy) and repeats, strange that this is something to complain about but it does get to you"

 

 

Clarion Inn Bush Intercontinental

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If you are stopping over in Houston on your way to Roatan then we recommend The Clarion Inn hotel. A spacious room internet pool and gym, very good mattress and 5 -10 minutes from departures. It cost us under 100 so it isnt the cheapest option included breakfast that you may be able to start before 7.30 to catch the Roatan flight.
Also there is a few good places to eat and drink a 3 minute walk away, there are a cluster of hotels here.
Check all the Houston airport hotels with landed.at hotel reservation system for your dates.

CocoView Vs Fantasy Island

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Compare and discuss resorts you have stayed in on Roatan.
Where did you stay, no matter how trivial we would like to hear your opinion to help others make the best choice.

Both of these resorts are compared as they sit next to each other on Roatans south side. Both offer the wreck of the Prince Albert as a shore dive. Both resorts are designed for the scuba diver. We want to hear how your experiences went if you happened to stay here and best of all if you have experienced both.

Seahorses in Roatan

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It has been a long time since I had given up hope of finding myself a seahorse off Roatan. The hippocampus my lifetime favourite find so far was orange and found at overheat reef. I always spot turtles here and there are tons of cleaning stations.

It has actually been a good day for me, not so for the marlin here which sucumbed to FAKE desirable lures ! as we hold the annual fishing competition (7th) on independance day.

I was diving with coconut tree and their dock with the arch across it is where the egocentric fisherman weigh their catch. I came in at an unprecedented island life 200 lbs punto 10 more than tree and 30 more than will ! explain that not 199 not 201 but 200. I find stuff like that freaky... Greg of marine park fame was entirely interested in knowing his weight but feared for the repercussions and "look- wrong signals" playing with their equipment would send. I like most of the diving community are against such "sport" but there we are. It was to be a catch and release tournament but fish over 150 lbs could be killed and kept (thrown away-who has a fridge that big) if the fish were killed and did not amount to 150 then points or $ fine applied, there was no clear cut consensus. Even when dead they are magnificent creatures from the deep. They hold a thousand huhes of blue and black and have eyes the colour blue/ saphire. I placed my hand on the body of one or two and felt land based and weak.

Back to less personal conflict mind /opinion stuff and yet interesting stuff.

It was a day orf for me and the seahorse dominated the dive. Pinot the DM who has seen a lot in his time was clearly jealouse but he ceded the credit eventually. I did make him swim upstream 20 yards (2 first downs) to the little blighter who was hanging on for dear life at about 50 foot on  coral head as lonely as the hippocampus him/herself (the sex with these guys gets crazy-the guys carry the babies!) looked.

In life I am often feeling like a seahorse you know just hanging on and seemingly the only fooker around of any interest.

;-)

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